The 30th of January saw the Trinity House Vessel GALATEA (details here) zooming to and fro servicing the marker buoys around the Farne Islands, and the invisible rocks in particular.
NOT JUST A SUMMER RESORT!
The last Sunday morning in January saw an unusual concentration of folk along Seahouses south beach, extending down to Annstead, Beadnell and beyond. In addition to the 'regulars' - the golfers on the greens and fairways above the cliffs - there was a generous sprinkling of anglers from Amble Sea Angling Club spread along the edges of the sands and rocks. Jack had already proved successful in his first club competition.
NOW WE KNOW!
Perhaps the smallest premises in Seahouses Main Street, the shop near the Methodist Church has been refurbished. Now we know what it's to be. Next question: when will it be open?
COULD YOU BE A "SIEVol"?
Unfortunately the Council does not have enough of our money to keep on top of all the jobs that really need to be done to keep Seahouses the pleasant, economically viable village that we've come to love.
• When summer vegetation along the old railway line dies down, lo and behold, bottles, cans and all kinds of plastic litter are revealed - ready for collection and disposal.
• In fortunately very few cases rubbish has actually been dumped in out-of-the-way corners.
• Nature keeps on growing, so there come times when a bit of trimming needs to be done and it's nobody's designated job to get it done.
• Our south of the village potential woodland walk, at Quarryfield, is happily used by the local children for making dens: but they're not very conscientious at clearing up afterwards.
• Various public bodies have, over the years, spent our money establishing trees and green spaces around our public fringes: but it seems that maintenance is now rather long overdue.
Any group setting about being helpful finds itself mired in the requirements of insurance, public liability, health and safety. But private individuals can act independently. However, some jobs are a lot easier if done in pairs or threes so there could well be advantages in those independent individuals getting to know who the other independent individuals are! They could all be "Seahouses Individual Environmental Volunteers" - SIEVols. The Council's Local Services will dispose of rubbish collected and placed close to any roadway. If YOU could, at some times, for some jobs, be a "SIEVol" please let email@example.com know.
SCHOOLS ORGANISATION CONSULTATION MEETING
The cold, wet evening of January the fourteenth saw a full turnout of concerned folk in the main hall at Seahouses Middle School, keen to be involved in the consideration of local schools organisation. Arranged by the Department of Education and Skills of the County Council as Local Authority, it was a "Consultation Meeting" designed to explain options and gather responses. The initial illustrated explanatory address was followed by what proved to include some animated reactions, largely expressing support for a status quo resolution. But the consultation period continues until the 11th of March: the main channel of communication is now via the lower half of the special web page.
NEW YEAR'S EVE FIREWORK DISPLAY
Goodly crowds assembled along every viewpoint around Seahouses harbour for the festive firework display on the mild, calm early evening of New Year's Eve (postponed from Christmas Eve). It was organised by the Festive Lights Group with their customary efficiency.
MEMORIES OF 1940-1942 ANYONE? An enquiry has been received from Western Australia, as follows:
I shall be visiting UK in April 2015 with a retired forester and military historian. 2/1 Forestry Company, Royal Australian Engineers came to Seahouses in September 1940 and took over an existing sawmill at Chathill. They were relieved by 2/3 Forestry Company in August 1941: they worked the sawmill until early 1942. I am interested in any material you may have about the sawmill and the period the Australians were in town. I would be interested in catching up with anyone who can assist.
Thank you in anticipation. Cheers. Graham McKenzie-Smith - firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE END OF AN ERA
Between the old railway line and the newish Main Street play school, they used to be a range of extra classrooms attached to the village school, originally for the bigger children. But they became redundant during one of the historic area school reorganisations. Their latest incarnation for a good few years had been as the Seahouses Public Library. No more! The venerable but otherwise unremarkable structure is being dismantled and removed from the site. The substitute library facilities are based at the Sports and Community Centre.
An appreciative audience of all ages filled the main assembly room of Seahouses Social Club for the one and only performance of Cinderella in the early evening of Sunday, the 7th of December. Organised by Chaplins Pantos in association with Seahouses Junior Football Club, all traditional features of a Christmastide pantomime were colourfully presented, evoking heartfelt responses from at least a goodly proportion of the audience.
PORCELAIN MUGS FOR SEAHOUSES AVAILABLE
A new addition has been made to the range of Seahouses-specific goods on sale around the village. Elegant white porcelain mugs bear an imprint of a fully active harbour against a background of the grass slope and the actual 'sea houses' of Harbour Road and Crewe Street. Supplies are available from "Drift" at number 20 and "Polka Dot" opposite at 29 Main Street.
OLD SEAHOUSES FOR SALE!
"OLD SEAHOUSES", the new glossy paperback by historian/poet Katrina Porteous, has reached the shops in Seahouses. An historic collection of sixty-four black and white photos, all are fully described even including the names of individuals shown and the identity and ownership of many of the vessels and buildings, thanks evidently to impeccable research. Apart from the 1866 OS map showing the two communities of North Sunderland and Sea Houses, the photos date from the very earliest years of the twentieth century up to the 1950s. Many features have disappeared altogether, like the railway, the Scottish herring girls - indeed the whole herring industry - and the Crumstone cows being milked in the field. But it is fascinating to see how the layouts of the harbour, streets and buildings shown compare with their current versions.
The book's cash sale price in Cubby's as elsewhere is just £9.00. For those needing on-line details the ISBN is 97818 4033 6825, from publisher Stenlake Publishing Limited, www.stenlake.co.uk.
GOLF BALLS ON THE MOVE
Golf ball recycling in aid of R N L I Lifeboats (three for a £1) has moved along Main Street to the blue premises of Northumbria Coast and Country Cottages at number 46, opposite the Co-Op.
All contributors and purchasers welcome!
SEAHOUSES TEA TOWEL FOR SALE AROUND THE VILLAGE
For the first time ever, so far as we can learn, there is now a purpose-designed SEAHOUSES TEA TOWEL. Rather larger than your average kitchen accessory, it measures 20" wide and 30" long. Photographic images show a boat trip "To the Farne Islands and Holy Island"; "North Beach"; "Thrift"; "Busy harbour in the centre of the village"; "Orchid"; "Smoke-house kippers"; "Fresh sea food" lobster; "Angler boat"; "Countryside too" across farmland to the Cheviots; "Beach rides"; "South beach"; "Railway walk"; and "RNLB Grace Darling".
Stockists include Drift and Polka Dot in the Main Street centre of the village; Swallow Fish in South Street just off the Coast Walk route; and the Tourist Information Centre on the main car park. The concensus indicates a retail price of £4.99 each.
Some one-time news items of possible historic interest are stored on our News Archive page.